How Hypnosis Works and How We Get Hypnotized

Morning At Dune BeachLast summer I spend some time in the Hamptons having a good time with friends and also doing some hypnosis sessions and teaching private hypnosis courses for self-empowerment.

One of many things I teach my clients is relaxation techniques to manage stress and to elicit a relaxation response. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress and the opposite of the fight or flight response.

Another very important lesson I teach my clients is the ability to think critically, because I believe hypnosis is all around us: in the media, TV, internet, social media, politics and even in some of the interpersonal relationships we engage in.

To delve more into some of the insights I share about hypnosis and how it works, listen to the half hour Glimpse of Brilliance podcast hosted by Maayan Laufer, who I also met in the Hamptons this past summer.

Behind The Crystals of Hypnosis hosted by Maayan Laufer.

To schedule a hypnosis session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff, call 646 450 8167 or e-mail info@insidehypnosis.com

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How Katy Perry used hypnosis to forget someone

Katy-PerryRelationship break up are as natural as hurricanes and tsunamis.  They can hurt you, leave you restless and at times, even a little beat up. Nothing in life is perfect.

What matters the most, is the after-math and how you deal with it. Unfortunately, many people fall into depression or feel anger and resentment. Some desperately hope that things may turn around and their ex will come back to them. If it’s a real break up and deep within you know the relationship wasn’t working out and that it was time to go separate ways – then here are some tips to help you mend a broken heart:

  • Use deep relaxation to help you release emotional and physical pain. To relax, simply listen to a peaceful music and bring your attention to the emotional pain in your body and mind. Try to accept it and then release it. Do this for about 20 minutes.
  • Use mental visualization or rehearsal of your new possible future where you are participating in new, fun and positive activities; exercising, starting a new business or finishing a report for school and getting an A. Think of all the great rewards you will receive as you step onto the new path in your life.
  • Use positive affirmations stated in present tense, like “I have moved on”, “My heart has healed”, ” I am fully recovered”, ” I am renewed in my mind and body.”  Repeat positive affirmations silently with your inner voice for about 10 or 20 minutes. Hypnosis works a lot on repetition.

You can also use deep hypnosis and some NLP ( Neuro-Linguistic Programming) tools to help you forget and distance yourself mentally from specific people or memories. Singer Katy Perry, according to sources used hypnosis to help her forget singer John Mayer.

For example, in a very deeply relaxed state of mind, almost like a dream-like state you can give yourself a powerful command to detach from the person and begin to see them either unattractive or funny or you can picture an image of this person becoming blurrier and blurrier till you can not see them anymore, allowing them to become your distant past. You can laugh it now. It’s long gone.

Schedule a session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff in her midtown Manhattan office or over Skype. CALL 646 450 8167 NOW or email info@insidehypnosis.com  New York Hypnotherapy is Your Solution to mend a broken heart.

This self-hypnosis audio will help you disconnect from pain and discomfort associated with a break up. This audio comes complimentary if you book your hypnosis session.

NYC Hypnotism: 3 Things You Must Know

Twirled curve tube vortex as abstract backgroundLooking for hypnotism in NYC? Before you make this life-changing decision, here are three very important things you should know:

– the hypnosis market is very competitive in NYC, know how to choose your hypnotist

– every hypnotist is unique, with a specific style and expertise, find the one that is right for you

– check your hypnotist’s credentials and biography

Over the last few years the number of practicing clinical hypnotists has increased significantly. There is finally demand for it, as more positive light has been shined on clinical hypnotism by media. Oprah, Dr. Oz, various News channels have all expressed interest in the benefits of hypnotism for weight loss, stress reduction, smoking cessation and etc.

So, how do you track down a good hypnotist, who could really help you?

  1. Look for their credentials.  Most professional hypnotists are certified either by NGH ( National Guild of Hypnotists or IACT (International Association of Counselors and Therapists). It is always good if a hypnotist has at least one college degree.
  2. Study their web site. Clinical hypnotists with experience and expertise will have a very informative web site, with testimonials, blogs and articles, which they wrote.
  3. Look for their social proof. Have these hypnotists been on TV? Have they written a book? Have they made a film? Have there been any articles written about their work in newspapers or magazines?  Check their Facebook page/city search profile and see what their clients maybe saying. Check how many followers they have on their social media networks.
  4. Make a phone call and have a chat with them. Ask your questions about how they could help you, what the session would entail. Every hypnotist has a unique style and most hypnotists have an expertise, something they are either very good at or are passionate to work with.

To schedule a session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff call 646 450 8167. Overcome stress, bad habits, stop smoking, alcohol addiction, performance anxiety, motivate for success and more. Anything is possible with the power if your mind!

 

Hypnotized in 4 Seconds!

advertisingMany of my clients often ask me how long it takes to get hypnotized and if they are hypnotizable.

If you understand the nature and a basic logic behind hypnosis, you will be surprised to find out how we are hypnotized on the day-to-day basis by our environment, without any long extensive hypnotic inductions, normally used by clinical hypnotists.

Yesterday, I when was walking along Central Park West, I saw a bus passing by to my left  and suddenly, in just one instant my whole attention was on two words. On the side of the bus, in bold red color I read “Breaking Bad.” In that same instant I quickly paid attention to the image that was next to it: a dead looking man laying on the grass, his face is barely seen. In that same second I thought to myself “ Oh no, Walter White will be shot to death by the end of the ‘Breaking Bad’ season.” The following second I thought:  that’s impossible, why would the producers of the show want to reveal the ending? In the following third second I thought, “breaking bad” logo is supposed to be in green color, not red, so this ad is not for “breaking bad.” The following fourth second I thought “ what the heck is this ad for?” And then I saw one word RECTIFY. All of that logic happened in just a few seconds! I came home and googled  “Rectify and breaking bad.” Sure enough, it was a new show on Sundance, produced by the creators of Breaking Bad.

This is how I got hypnotized by two words and one image into googling RECTIFY. The “induction” into the state of receptivity –hypnosis- happened under 4 seconds!

Think about it, in one moment, my critical faculty was completely bypassed as soon as I saw the words “Breaking Bad” and a picture of a dead looking man on the grass. Two words and one image evoked a strong emotion of shock, mixed with worry “ Oh no.. Walter White will be killed.”

This conclusion was immediately rationalized by me when I realized that it would be illogical for producers of the show to reveal the end of the season, especially on the poster and even more, the “breaking bad” logo was supposed to be in green color, not red. But it was too late, the campaign has evoked the strong  emotion in me, for a “dead Walter White” and lo and behold, my attention was quickly fixated on the word “Rectify.”

Hypnosis is a bypass of a critical faculty and the establishment of selective thinking.

We are hypnotized every day by one another and our media and advertising driven environment. There is nothing mysterious about hypnosis. Hypnosis is all around us.

Here it is, the ad that hypnotized me: rectify on sundance.

To schedule a session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff call 646 450 8167. Overcome stress, bad habits, stop smoking, alcohol addiction, performance anxiety, motivate for success and more. Anything is possible with the power if your mind!

 

 

Hypnosis in NYC. What you must know.

Central park at sunny day

Hypnosis in NYC has become a more common and accepted form of therapy for a positive change. Clinical hypnosis can be used to rewire your mind for more healthy behavior patterns and ways of living.

Most of my clients ask two questions before booking a hypnosis session. How does hypnosis work? What if I am not hypnotizable?

Clinical Hypnosis works on a simple principle: a hypnotic induction is used to induce a state of receptivity and positive suggestions are given to client to reprogram their mind.

A state of receptivity – hypnosis – is characterized by focused attention and mental concentration. You don’t have to be in deep trance or a state of altered consciousness in order to be hypnotized for a change, such as stop smoking, weight loss, overcome a bad habit and etc. When you are mentally relaxed, your critical part of the mind is on hold, therefore the information that comes into your mind settles in deeper in the unconscious, becoming part of belief system. Your beliefs become your reality. If on a deep level of your mind your believe that “Exercising is fun, easy and enjoyable and makes you look good and healthy” – then lo and behold, you will exercise naturally, effortlessly, regularly and you will lose weight. If on a deep level of your mind you believe that “ Smoking is poison and brings people closer to death and that from now on you are a non-smoker”- then be surprised how easy it will be for you to stop smoking and never pick up a cigarette again. If on a deep level of your mind you made a choice to move on from a painful relationship and open up to new exciting possibilities – then be amazed at how easy it will be for your to mend your broken heart. The list is long – you can hypnotize yourself for anything you want. All you need is a state of receptivity, induced by a clinical hypnotist. You can also do it yourself using self-hypnosis techniques.

Can anyone be hypnotized? Absolutely. Anyone with normal intelligence( or above) who is willing to follow the instructions of a clinical hypnotist, can be hypnotized. A hypnotic induction is process consisting of  step by step instructions, such as progressive relaxation, eye/arm catalepsy, guided imagery, numbers counting backwards, indirect suggestions and etc. Many clinical hypnotists use standard hypnotic inductions, like for example Dave Elman Induction or Flower’s Method Induction or Eriksonian indirect suggestions to trance. Of course, professional hypnotist usually have to have an array of hypnotic inductions and methods, as the approaches vary according to each client.

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Overcome Trichotillomania ( Hair pulling/Hair twirling habit) with Hypnosis

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NYC Hypnosis therapy for hair puling.

Trichotillomania is  the compulsive urge to pull out (and in some cases, eat) one’s own hair leading to noticeable hair loss, distress, and social or functional impairment. There are variations of the habit, when people try to pull the hair until they see their own skin on the hair, or they twirl them, bite them until the hair gets entangled and destroyed. Sounds gruesome, but this is actually a common habit among women in New York City.

Usually around spring women with trichotillomania seek out solutions to end the habit, as they tend to be more outdoors, with no hats to hide their bold spots. I have been getting a wave of trichotillomania clients in the last few months.

Trichotillomania is usually caused by depression, stress or traumatic events in the past. It many ways, this habit is a way to release anxiety or nervous energy. Many of my clients report that they actually enjoy pulling their hair, as if it gets them into some soothing relaxing state of mind. They forget their stress and troubles, their inner chatter shuts down and they slip into a state of trance. So, unconsciously a person does that with a  positive intention, to feel better and more relaxed.

Logically, every clients understands that hair pulling is a self-distractive, unhealthy and unappealing habit, however the unconscious mind bears  a different belief: “this habit makes me feel better, I release stress when I do it.”

When I work with my clients to help them overcome bad habits such as hair pulling/twirling, I  reeducate  their unconscious mind about the dangers and disadvantages of the habit and I  teach them a few healthy ways ( quick self-hypnosis techniques) to release stress.

There are many self-hypnosis techniques that can immediately help you release anxiety and make you feel more relaxed. My three favorites are Bilateral Stimulation technique, EFT ( Emotional Freedom Technique) or Peripheral Vision technique. These short self-hypnosis techniques serve the same goal as a hair pulling habit: they make you feel calm and relaxed. Except that they are absolutely  healthy!

After we’ve gone over those techniques, I induce a state of deep mental and physical relaxation – hypnosis. I reeducate my client’s unconscious mind about all the disadvantages of the bad habit, that it’s dangerous for their health, doesn’t make them look good, doesn’t fit them anymore and etc.  Most importantly through ideo-motor responses I assure that the client has accepted a new programming and understood the healthy techniques to help them release stress, in case the old urge for a bad habit ever returns.

Schedule a hypnosis session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff in her midtown Manhattan office or over Skype. CALL 646 450 8167 NOW or email info@insidehypnosis.com  New York Hypnotherapy is Your Solution to bad habits.

Testimonial:

“I have not twirled my hair in 3 weeks. Going to the hair dresser on Saturday and I will not need a haircut. I have utilized the techniques you taught me and the audio.” L.O.

 

Hypnosis for overcoming relationship break ups

Success winner womanHypnosis can help you heal a broken heart and forget a person. By using “a time forward thinking” while in deep trance, you can let go and move on with your life much faster.

There isn’t a more powerful remedy for a broken heart than TIME. Time can help you soothe your pain, distance you from missing the pleasant memories of the relationship or hurting from the painful. With time you can learn to let go and move on. With time you begin to understand the meaning of the relationship and why it ended and what you have learned from it. You begin to see the bigger picture and how it changed you and how it made you grow.

Every person heals a broken heart, it is just the matter of time.

Hypnosis can help quicken the healing process time while conditioning you to be more positive and energetic.

In a hypnotic state you can imagine yourself in the future where you have healed and moved on.  Where you are completely detached from pain, free from the memories of the relationship and false hope. In the state of hypnosis you can experience what it feels like to be full of positive energy again, renewed in mind and body. You can envision yourself participating in your regular fun activities, exercising and socializing and etc.

It is important to experience this powerful state even if you have to pretend and imagine to feel this way at first. This will teach you how all the emotions you experience now from your break up are nothing more than a state of mind. You can let go of pain, sorrow and sadness now. This state of mind can be changed in just a split second through hypnosis, visualization and programming the mind with powerful positive affirmations.

You can learn to choose your feelings and emotions. You can condition yourself to naturally and effectively choose a positive state of mind at all times. Excitement, looking forward, feeling happy and simply celebrating the joy of life – all of these positive feelings are possible now. Want it and you can have it.

Before the induction to trance, I spend time helping my clients outline specific personal suggestions and affirmations that are conducive for their success, happiness and overall peace of mind. Various positive suggestions for success motivation, exercising, eating healthy, being social and outgoing are given to a client accordingly.

Schedule a session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff in her midtown Manhattan office or over Skype. CALL 646 450 8167 NOW or email info@insidehypnosis.com  New York Hypnotherapy is Your Solution to mend a broken heart.

This self-hypnosis audio will help you disconnect from pain and discomfort and begin to heal a broken heart. This audio comes complimentary if you book your hypnosis session.

How to hypnotize yourself

Does self-hypnosis work?

People often ask me if self-hypnosis works and  what’s the best way to do self-hypnosis. There are many ways, of course. You can listen to self-hypnosis audios with a hypnotic induction leading to trance. You can meditate using deep breathing techniques or your personal mantras. You can also look at various hypnotic moving visuals, like the waves of the ocean. Or you can use hypnotic visuals still images, like spirals for example. The goal of all of these methods is to help you achieve a thoughtless state of mind, where you no longer judge your environment or the information that comes into your mind.

I found a hypnotic spiral on fotolia images, which doesn’t look like a usual hypnosis spiral. It’s actually a square, which consists of many circles with warm light red to black colors. If you look at this hypnotic image, after a few seconds you will find yourself getting hypnotized, all thoughts will naturally begin to push away into the distance. You will feel a subtle relaxation in your facial muscles. Even your eyes will feel hypnotized, feeling a little heavy and very relaxed. A soothing wave of relaxation will spread down into your nose and cheeks, all the way down into your chin. Try it for yourself. Just stare at this image below for a few moments. Once you feel relaxed, you can simply say your positive affirmations out loud, letting them sink deep into your unconscious mind. For example, if you want to feel more focused and productive today you can use these affirmations:

I feel more focused today    My mind is sharp and clear   I have a great memory

I accomplish more every day   I feel more and more productive  Ideas come naturally to me

I feel more energized now    My thoughts are positive   I am driven   I succeed every day

Hypnosis square

 

Good luck getting self-hypnotized! You can also use your own personal affirmations with this self-hypnsis visual. Make sure your affirmations are always stated in present tense and in positives. Let me know how this hypnotic “square-circle” works for you!

For more information on hypnosis or to schedule an appointmentfor a hypnosis session with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff  CALL 646 450 8167. Skype hypnosis online sessions are also available.

NYC Hypnosis for Performance Anxiety

Hypnotherapy for performance anxietyPerformance anxiety or stage fright is a state of being anxious or fearful that is aroused by the need to perform for an audience. People that have stage fright can experience some form physical shakiness, dryness in the mouth, lack of focus or a shaky voice and an overall negative emotional state.

I have been practicing hypnosis for about ten years and I have observed that people with performance anxiety have a common pattern in their thinking processes. The expectations about one’s performance are often negative and disempowering. For example thoughts like, “ I am not good enough. I am nervous and look bad. The audience judges me and thinks I am awful. They want me to fail. They see that I am nervous and laugh at me. I am ridiculous” are the type of belief statements a person with a performance anxiety would process before or during their performance, or both.

It is unfortunate that such negative beliefs statements in one’s mind affect a person’s behavior in a negative way. As Henry Ford said “ Think you can, think you can’t, either way you are right.” So, if you think you are not that good, then you act poor, aloof and don’t give your 100% as you should. Even more, instead of focusing on your performance or speech, you begin to focus on the audience, and how it is “judging you and against” you. That’s right, as ridiculous it sounds, the performer with stage fright often perceives an audience as some sort of enemy, that judges them and wants them to fail. This is what I like to call a “thought virus” of the mind, a limiting belief that infects the subconscious and makes you act accordingly. If you believe that someone is your enemy and is out to harm you, what would be your first reaction? Probably, to be alert of your enemy, not to share what you have and try to protect yourself, so you become defensive.

In order to have a successful performance the opposite must happen. There ought to be a profound connection, trust and openness with an audience. On a deep level a performer must believe that their audience loves them, wants to hear them or see them perform, because of how great they are and how much talent or wisdom or knowledge they have to share with the audience. A performer ultimately is a giver of something incredible, be it a beautiful dance, music, voice, new information about something or some wisdom. So, if you are a performer you must believe on a deep level how unique and great you are, and how much greatness you have to share with your audience. Your audience is your friend. Your audience wants you to shine, succeed  and share your talent with them. Once the person accepts such powerful belief statements deep in the subconscious mind – their performance will improve and they will stay positive, confident and focused.

About 1/3 of my clients seek assistance for helping them gain confidence as performers and public speakers. Performance anxiety or stage fright is a third popular issue in my hypnotherapy practice after smoking cessation and  weight loss. I have worked with dancers, violin and oboe players, singers, corporate leaders, public speakers and actors. There is nothing more exciting than helping people reconnect with their highest potential, so they can share their bright light with their audiences.

Testimonials:

“I had taken public speaking courses before through Toastmasters, but I was still anxious about an important presentation to 100+ people at an industry conference. I decided to try hypnosis, even though I was somewhat skeptical about its effectiveness. Elena was very professional and took time to explain how hypnosis can help with my type of phobia. After one session, I was able to control my anxiety leading up to the event. I felt very confident during the presentation.” -John S, 39.

“Elena Beloff changed my life! She made it possible for me to have a viable career as a performing musician. When I went to her, I had a terrible and debilitating stage fright. After three hypnosis sessions I can now play to fully packed houses without any trouble! For my entire playing career, I had severe anxiety. It was characterized by a shortness of breath, a high pulse rate and blood pressure and a belief that the audience was antagonistic or hostile. I had tried everything to control my stress from beta-blockers, meditation/yoga, to medication all to no avail. The night before an important event I would have trouble sleeping and would lose my appetite the day of the performance. These could be anything from playing for my peers to playing for a paying audience. The issue was not who was listening because whomever they were, they were against me and wanted to see me fail; at least so I thought.

After no improvement with the various methods I turned to hypnosis. Convinced by the dismal track record, I felt I had nothing to lose. However, to my great surprise, after the first session, I immediately felt a difference! During the interview at that session, we searched for the cause for the anxiety, the trigger to the stressful feelings. Once found, Elena was able to remove that trigger and replace it with a positive affirmation, which could be activated subconsciously when it was time to perform. Since hypnosis works on such a deep level there is no conscious effort needed in order to create good feelings; it just happens. At my next performance, much to my amazement, I did not have to do any mental cheerleading; I simply did not feel the once familiar anxiety. In fact, if anything, I had to get used to feeling calm for a performance, imagine that!

If you have experienced any of these feelings that I once did, don’t hesitate, make an appointment! It is amazing how easy and successful hypnosis can be and how quickly it can change your life!” – Ian Shafer, 33, a professional oboe player

SCHEDULE A SESSION  with NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff . CALL 646 450 8167. Let the stage fright become your stage delight!  New York Hypnotherapy with Elena Beloff is your Solution to Problem.

Watch a sample hypnosis session for audition anxiety.  NYC Hypnotist Elena Beloff works with Dennis.

 

Post-Hypnotic Suggestion to Overcome Anxiety

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New York Hypnotherapy and Lavender Oil Anchor

I once worked with a woman who came to me to overcome the anxiety she associated with seeing her daughter-in-law. She experienced an over-all negative state, which hindered her from expressing herself and simply having a good time with family when they gathered for dinners. I asked what she wanted to feel instead. She said that she didn’t want to feel a sudden liking of this woman or any friendship yet. She simply wanted to feel at ease. She wanted to be comfortable enough to interact normally with her family without constantly experiencing an unpleasant anxiety when she looked at or tried to speak with her daughter-in-law.

I asked her to recall a memory from the past when she felt total bliss and happiness. She said it was with her kids when they were small and they were all lying in bed together. At that moment her life felt worth living.

I explained to her how creating a specific anchor and associating it with this positive memory could help her deal with her anxiety. She could use a trigger associated with this memory and use it every time she was near her daughter-in-law. Over time this would naturally replace her state of anxiousness.  I also suggested some examples of different anchors she could use. She chose an olfactory anchor of lavender oil.

I hypnotized her into trance state and guided her back in time to her memory of when she was with her kids in bed, full of happiness and joy. She gently smelled lavender oil with her eyes closed, as I brought it near her nose. We did this a few times, so that the lavender oil anchor could be naturally and efficiently associated with the state of ease, comfort and peace.

A few days later she told me that she had dinner with her family and her daughter-in-law. She put a little bit of lavender oil on her wrist. Whenever she needed to experience the state of calm and ease, she simply smelled her wrist and felt very positive. She was able to interact and communicate and make choices from a very powerful and positive place of peace and love. This became a powerful post-hypnotic suggestion with a little aid of lavender oil anchor.

SCHEDULE a HYPNOSIS SESSION with NYC Hypnotherapist Elena Beloff. CALL 646 450 8167. Overcome performance anxiety, stage fright and fears of public speaking using hypnosis and NLP anchoring techniques.